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If you had the opportunity to explore our Spot The Object category, specially it’s early days, you’ll quickly recognize who is the artist behind this beautiful poster. Steven M. Gardner loves nature and animals so much, he constantly comes up with new illusions such as today’s one. Your assignment is to find all of the hidden animals this card holds, and to help you just a bit – all of them are bears, black bears to be exact. Ready? Set! Start! First one to find them all deserves the right to brag about it in the comments section.

Find The Hidden Black Bears!


135 Responses
  1. matijs says:

    Can’t find more than 9, still love this one, because of the big variety of illusions this picture features

  2. Christophe says:

    6 ?

  3. Camillo says:

    I count 9 + the 2 none hidden ones

  4. Erica Baer says:

    There are five hidden ones

  5. Aza McG says:

    8 Obvious (when you find them) ones. Although it’s called ninebkbears. 5 mins later, still can’t find the ninth.

  6. Aza McG says:

    AAhhh, ahh-haa. Found the 9th.

  7. ted says:

    The waterfall bear has a bearded troll face on it’s nose.tt

  8. Silena says:

    I only see 9 myself…

  9. Kimon says:

    I’m at 8 + 2

  10. Gemma says:

    10 I think

  11. ebbhyen says:

    I know that when you click on the picture it says “ninebkbears,” but I’ve counted 13 and that doesn’t include the to big ones. Some are bears within a bear and some are as small as a piece of bark.

  12. martin says:

    9+2? gush where? I can see only 7 of them

  13. sly says:

    i found 15 reallt good one you really have to look hard

  14. Kairho says:

    I am up to 11 with 2 possible others, but I think they are too obscure.

  15. Sasa says:

    i found 6 hidden, but the big one is really the best!

  16. breandan says:

    I think I might have found a tenth one, but unsure because it wasn’t as clear as the others. I like this one.

  17. Candace says:

    I count possibly 9?

  18. Candace says:

    I’m perplexed. I”m typing this at exactly 10:37am March 13th, 2012. I shows a time in the pm?

  19. AmetuerAspirant says:

    I see one in the waterfall, one in the rock looking at it, one at the left bear’s feet, one outlined in sticks at the right bear’s feet, one outline in tree branched above the right bear, one in the background, and one in the rocks by the right bear’s feet, 7 hidden bears, + the two in plain sight, nine in total, did I miss any?

  20. Jason says:

    I can find 8 plus the two visible ones

  21. Dave says:

    I count 6 fairly easily, but down in the rocks at the front – smaller with less detail – it seems that there are 3 or 4 more. In the rock below the standing non-hidden bear is one that is easily seen, but also, perhaps 1 or 2 more in that same rock – instead of legs it might be a head and facing left/down might be another head. The black spots in the bark of the trees also might be some hidden bears. How much imagination are we allowed to use!

  22. Farah says:

    I found 11 plus the 2 main ones

  23. Barb says:

    Nine pluse 2 non hidden ones

  24. Paul says:

    Like it… although I’m stuck on 7 hidden + the 2 obvious. Yet to find the other 2.

  25. Craig Schaff says:

    Found 7 +2 out front ones (nine total). Still searching.

  26. Paul says:

    Hang on: do you see the image is called ninebkbears? Camillo, I think you imagined 2! :-)

  27. boomshakalaka says:

    dang it, i only see 8… help please!

  28. Doug says:

    Looks like a Bev Doolittle to me.

  29. Cheddar says:

    I found 9 too.

  30. Dr. J says:

    Reminds me a lot of Bev Doolittle, but I still think she is one of the best at this type of hidden art. She can tell a story through her painting like none I have ever seen. My favorite is “Two More Indian Horses”.

  31. SNUGGLES says:

    I found right as i looked @ it teehee only 3 bears 2 u see right off then the hidden one

  32. Hypersapien says:

    I found 6 hidden bears (three in the rocks, one in the water, one in the branch on the ground, one in the tree), plus the 2 main normal bears, plus the one big one in the background.

  33. NeeL says:

    I have found them all!
    Look at me, I am amazing! :D

  34. Wendy says:

    10 for sure possibly 12

  35. Care Bear says:

    I collect bears and I’ll tell you right now, this is a keeper.

  36. Mr.Kid says:

    I gotta say 8, not counting the 2 unhidden ones.

  37. Cheddar says:

    There is only nine bears. Hold your cursor over the picture and read the images name.

  38. Mike says:

    I see nine if there is one at the base of the left hand tree. Love this one also.

  39. Trevyn says:

    I count 11 + the two non hidden ones. However some of them are a bit questionable.

  40. Gabe says:

    I found nine, maybe ten

  41. bets says:

    I also see only 9 including the 2 non-hidden ones

  42. Kaitlyn says:

    I counted 7 bears that were hidden. 2 non hidden.

  43. Ann says:

    I got 6 not counting the 2 obvious ones. can someone list where they find them

  44. sylvia tovar says:

    found only 8

  45. sylvia tovar says:

    only 8

  46. Ann says:

    I see three in the rocks
    one in the water
    one on each bottom part of the two trees
    and one in the background
    oops i see seven

  47. kedweb1 says:

    i come up with 9 + the 2 non hidden ones as well

  48. Lexii says:

    I only found 8 .. :3

  49. guemes bill says:

    This one is really great, I found 13…

  50. errietta says:

    hhrr 7 without the 2 obvious…but still i loved it…plus i saw some new illusions from Andrew Walker created for Alton Towers Resort – Nemesis Sub-Terra..the theme was an elevator…a very good one!

  51. Sean says:

    Either 7 or 8, not sure about one of them

  52. wandering_goat says:

    I can only see 9:

    * 3 in the rocks
    * 1 in the water
    * 2 outlined by branches
    * 1 in the background
    * 2 in the foreground

  53. Rose says:

    I found 11+ the 2 obvious ones

  54. Steve says:

    2 obvious ones, giant head in the background, one directly under each of the obvious bears, one in the middle fron rock looking right and one made of water to the right of centre.

  55. SNUGGLES says:

    Nevermind found 6???

  56. Steve says:

    I see 7 + 2 = 9 total. With title of the picture being “ninebkbears,” I’m guessing that I’m either correct or off by 2!

  57. why me!?!? says:

    I counted 10 including the two that are obvious.

  58. kaz says:

    Found all 9 especially like the stick figure one, very clever

  59. Ariel says:

    I found a rabbit.

  60. ~* Eli *~ says:

    7… hidden… bears…?
    ~* Eli *~

  61. Jen says:

    I thought I counted 10. But I could be wrong.

  62. Spacegeek Nat says:

    It’s a double-illusion: one of the bears has a sasquatch hidden in his snout.


  63. wakener says:

    I only see 9, including the two out in the open.

  64. eric says:

    youre trying to hard if you found 11; theres 9
    2 not hidden + 1 background + 6 hidden

  65. -=Guy=- says:

    I counted nine, but then my eyes gave out…

  66. Marissa says:

    Only found 8

  67. I see 7 black bears.

  68. Cids says:

    I count 7+ the 2 non hide + a Pokeball… Can you find them all?

  69. Princess says:

    I can see 7. If I’m right which I know I’m probably not, but if I am, (I’m dancing right now and shouting this out)”I got it ri-ight, I got it ri-ight!!!!!”

  70. your mom says:

    i could only found five.. love the waterfall-bear-like

  71. Kelsey says:

    8 + 2

  72. Nicole says:

    I like that one very much!

    I have found 10 bears in total.

  73. David says:

    I’ve spotted 29 & now i’m strugling. :-)

  74. sonu says:

    Where guys??/ i can only spot one black bear besedes the obvious 2! The rest of the bears that i can spot are not exactly black in colour!!!

  75. Rev. Dave says:

    I saw two that didn’t look like bears at all. They are in the rocks under the two blk bears you can see. Am I crazy or what?????

  76. josh says:

    EVERYTHING is a bear!!!!!

  77. brooks says:

    Can not find more than 6 hidden ones :
    -three in the driftwood/rock below the 2 bears
    -one in the flowing water below the bears
    -one to the far right of the right bear- in the back ground
    -of course the one large face inthe background behind the birch trees.
    that is 6. some suspecious forms in the leaves and other backgrouind areas but nothing that really could be varified by others too seeing it.

  78. qigongdoc says:


  79. Alexander says:

    I FOUND ALL 12

  80. itsdave says:


  81. Alice says:

    8+2 were is the 9th! Help anyone?

  82. Kathleen says:

    I can hardly BEAR to admit that I can only find 8 Bears in the painting.Some of them are BEARly visable.BEAR in mind that this was a very difficult painting to make.

  83. mycaricature says:

    Good one! I’ve got nine.

  84. kray says:

    9+2 I thank theres 1 more

  85. richard says:

    13 hidden plus two

  86. Monik says:

    I count 6

  87. claudia carlsen says:

    7 + 2 how the heck are you gettin 9, lol?

  88. Danielle says:

    15 I found good picy

  89. Paul Churchill says:

    I see 12

  90. Tracy says:

    rock, rock, rock, water, tree, grass, background… that’s all I see

    • Tracy says:

      also, based on some of his other work, I think there are only 7 + 2 and that some of you said 9 + 2 because the title of the image is ‘ninebkbears’, not because you actually found 9 hidden

  91. Roosie says:

    I can only find 8 but I don’t think the one I think is number 9 counts as a bear….

  92. Simon says:

    479 + 2

  93. saso says:

    Beat this !
    i’ve seen 12 + the 2 obvious. :-) Seruously people, where have you seen 9 hidden bears? With all my effort ,i couldn’t spot more than 6 hidden ones.I would really like a hint for the 3 others ,if they really are there, not only something that looks like but is not.But if someone can really find 9 hidden bears in this picture I congratulate him/her with all my heart :-)

  94. saso says:

    In addition to my previous text:
    I’ve spotted 3 things that may look like a bear but im not sure about them .They dont have the obviousness of the other 6 objects.
    I think that these are not really a bears , but my mind is trying to find as mush as possible, given the assignment so i’m maybe forcing myself to see something that is not there !
    Does anyone shares my point of view?

  95. saso says:

    Hopefully this is my last entry.I’ve spotted 7 hidden bears + the 2 obvious and I think that this is my limit :-)

  96. whitesandshoe says:


  97. Josh says:

    I count 13 if you add the two that aren’t really hidden

  98. Princess says:

    that one in the background is creepy!

  99. rachel says:

    i found all of it and im only 11years old

  100. Orlandu says:

    6 illusions + 3 obvious

    3 in the rocks, 1 in the leaves, 1 at the base of the tree, 1 in the water.

  101. mitre says:

    I’ve found googol bears,but I’m sure I can find at least googolplex. see you at infinity :-)

  102. Louie says:

    I see nine hidden bears – three in the rocks, one in the water, one in the tree limbs, one in the twigs above the rocks, one in the background and two bear faces in each of the tree barks next to each of the non-hidden bears.

  103. lewac says:

    most of you people are crazy! by a big stretch in imagination I can find 6 or 7 hidden which doesn’t include the two obvious critters on either side. but anymore than that and you’re just making rocks and wood into what you think may be bears.

    and although some other people may think these things are “cute” they really ain’t (yeah, they EAT people!). just check out those claws and teeth. you also aren’t gonna out climb or out run them. not even a vehicle is safe (unless its big and you can start and subequently run right over the critter). the only realistic option is to shoot them.

  104. rich says:

    There’s a full bear outline in tree branches in the upper right, also do all off the trees leaves together make the head of a bear facing profile right.

  105. leslie says:

    Just found mother bear nursing !! I would love to know if anyone else sees this. And its not 9!

  106. leslie says:

    Ok. How many

  107. Ricardo Rodrigues says:


    I found 10 + the obvious 2

    - water bear… big rock bear… center background bear…
    at the base of three there are 3:

    – a face sketched at the base of the bulk of the three:
    – and two on the rocks near the base of the log one laying down sideways… (and pardon my french) the a$$ of the one laying is the front of another. in a menacing stance with a cloudy/shadowy face.

    -one face in the grass between the legs of the “obvious” bear on the right
    - the outline of a bear in the branches and leaves above the obvious bear on the right
    - what seems like a bear coup whispering in the water bear’s right hear carved on the rock.
    - And the least obvious… and I think I see a bear maybe I’m seeing bears every where by now… a negative image of the background bear above and to the right of the obvious bear.

    The outline of the leaves seems like a Bear too… but it’s a little to far fetched to me

  108. Ricardo Rodrigues says:

    a challenge now… find the Duck!


  109. Ricardo Rodrigues says:

    yeah there is another face on the other three… so 14 potential bears so far

  110. GenCat says:

    7. : ;(

  111. zakiya says:

    i found 12 bears im not sure if there is more so can some one please tell me ?? thank you for your support and i do hope you can help me. mwah!!

    call me zakiya you can ffind me on facebook my fb name is zakiya emo-chik cornelius please reply. i beg of you….

  112. Staci says:

    Does anyone not see that face on the mountain behind the bear near the water?

  113. lithae says:

    I just spent today going through this blog and some of you posters are really nuts. Did you try that schizophrenic test? lol Better make sure you didn’t get the schizophrenic answers, because you guys are seeing bears everywhere, same with the face in the woods and some others. You’re making it up in your own heads. Being creative is one thing but this is too out there.
    There are no bear faces in the bark at all, although I can see the two that you THINK are there, they are CLEARLY not bear shaped, but are an almost-facsimile of a face. Same with a few others. I can only find 7 ACTUAL bear shapes, plus the two real bears. Anything past that, that has been described in here so far, is not a bear but your mind messing with you with all of your wishful thinking. I’d recommend taking some psychology classes, because I feel like I know what group of people you would be in if you ever had to do a study like the Stanford Prison Experiment, or Milford’s experiments.

  114. amit says:

    i found all 18

  115. Karissa says:


    This one works better. enjoy!

  116. Jon says:

    I love how people post they found more than there really is too look cool. HA!

  117. PenguinLover says:

    There seems to be 1 obvious stalker bear, and 1 “very hard to find” one.

    PS. I found 15 which i dont think i should be able to find… I think my imagination has gone wild

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